Gurman: 'Mac Studio' Mac Mini/Mac Pro Hybrid and New Display With A-Series Chip Are 'Ready to Go'

Apple could unveil a new "Mac Studio" machine and a new display that runs iOS at the March 8 event, according to a last minute confirmation from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. In a tweet, Gurman says that the ‌Mac Studio‌ and a "new monitor running iOS are "ready to go" and will likely be debuting tomorrow.

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Earlier today, YouTuber Luke Miani shared renders of what he claims is the "‌Mac Studio‌," showing off a machine that features a design like a thick Mac mini. The "‌Mac Studio‌" features the same square-shaped design as the current ‌Mac mini‌, but it measures in at four inches tall and it has a new thermal design to mitigate heat.

Miani said that the "‌Mac Studio‌" would "unequivocally" be announced during the spring event, and now it appears Gurman is backing that up.


We first heard the name "‌Mac Studio‌" last week from 9to5Mac, with the site describing it as a sort of ‌Mac mini‌ and Mac Pro hybrid device. Prior rumors have pointed toward both a high-end ‌Mac mini‌ and a smaller ‌Mac Pro‌ that are in development, and it appears that these rumors may have been talking about the same ‌Mac Studio‌ device.

The hybrid ‌Mac Studio‌ could replace the high-end ‌Mac mini‌ and it could be sold as a smaller alternative to the ‌Mac Pro‌. It is not expected to be as powerful as the ‌Mac Pro‌, but it is expected to use Apple's M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, along with an option for a more powerful version of the ‌M1 Max‌.

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To go along with the ‌Mac Studio‌, Apple is rumored to have a "Studio Display" ready to go. Miani said that the Studio Display will feature a 27-inch size with slightly larger bezels than the Pro Display XDR, and now Gurman suggests that it will "run iOS," indicating a built-in A-series chip.

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We've previously heard rumors about some kind of display with an A-series chip inside, though it was thought that such a display would be a Pro Display XDR successor. Instead, the monitor coming tomorrow is expected to be more affordable than the $5k Pro Display XDR, but no pricing information is available.

Apple's full plans for the ‌Mac Studio‌ and potential Studio Display will become clear tomorrow morning, with the "Peek Performance" event set to kick off at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

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Top Rated Comments

fwmireault Avatar
31 months ago
I just wish these displays will be height adjustable. iMacs have terrible ergonomics and not having neck pain should not be a pro feature
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DHagan4755 Avatar
31 months ago
It will be really interesting to see how these new products are priced.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mrr Avatar
31 months ago
Sounds good. Price will be everything.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
31 months ago
Ok now I'm getting excited! Makes more sense to move the iMac Pro into this form factor if it improves thermals and means you can upgrade the computer independent of the display. Less waste and more flexibility is always good. Will be interesting to see how iOS integrates. Built-in Apple TV and AirPlay? Use your iPhone to do color re-calibration? High-end camera system? True-tone? Also curious about speakers.

Hoping the SSD on the Mac Studio is upgradable but I'm not gonna hold my breath.

Probably won't buy it yet as my 2019 5K iMac is still great, but depending on the display specs and price I might be tempted to get the Studio Display at some point this year—assuming it works with my iMac? 120Hz Pro-Motion would be great. I'm curious when we can get a Mini LED 27" display for a decent price. If this is just LCD then I might hold off for another couple years until we get Mini LED or some burn-in resistant OLED tech and pick one up with either a Mac Studio or an M3 Max 14" MacBook Pro. I just get annoyed that my iPhone, iPad and TV all have crazy black levels but my iMac and second display still doesn't.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Spock Avatar
31 months ago

Would an A-Chip within the monitor help to drive a 5K+ display with 120 Hz with the current MacBook Pros? At the moment, the highest possible combination is 4K/120HZ (= 24" retina), above that you have to settle with 60Hz.

iOS running on the monitor sounds strange – at least if this is really meant in the sense of being able to work like a standalone gigantic iPad with apps etc. (and not only as "internal software" like with the HomePod for example.)
They could be using the A chip to add an advanced AirPlay for wireless display support.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Boil Avatar
31 months ago
Mac Studio will replace the high-end 2018 Intel Mac mini, bridging the gap between the (new smaller design) Mn-series Mac mini and the full tower Mac Pro...

Mac Studio will go from a base single M1 Pro SoC model all the way up to a dual M1 Max SoC model:

* Base model - 8/14, 16/512, Gigabit Ethernet, $1499
* Fully loaded model - 20/64, 128/8T, 10Gb Ethernet, $6999

Four TB4/USB4 (USB-C) ports & two USB 3.1 Gen2 (USB-A) ports on the single SoC models...

Six TB4/USB4 (USB-C) ports & four USB 3.1 Gen2 (USB-A) ports on the dual SoC models...

Gigabit Ethernet standard, upgrade to 10Gb Ethernet is US$100...

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[TD]8-core[/TD]
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[TD]M1 Pro[/TD]
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[TD]M1 Max[/TD]
[TD]10-core[/TD]
[TD]8P/2E[/TD]
[TD]24-core[/TD]
[TD]32GB/64GB[/TD]
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[TD]M1 Max[/TD]
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[TD]Dual M1 Max[/TD]
[TD]20-core[/TD]
[TD]16P/4E[/TD]
[TD]48-core[/TD]
[TD]64GB/128GB[/TD]
[TD]512GB/1TB/2TB/4TB/8TB[/TD]
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[TD]Dual M1 Max[/TD]
[TD]20-core[/TD]
[TD]16P/4E[/TD]
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[TD]64GB/128GB[/TD]
[TD]512GB/1TB/2TB/4TB/8TB[/TD]
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Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)